English Literature

Literature and Modernity: 1900 to the present

This taught Masters programme considers the ways literature since 1900 has sought to change and ‘modernise’ itself, in the context of wider developments of modernity characterising the age.


Why did Ezra Pound think it essential to ‘make it new’, or Rimbaud to be ‘absolument moderne’? Why did Virginia Woolf insist, in her essay ‘Modern Fiction’, that ‘the proper stuff of fiction’ should be ‘other than custom would have us believe it’?

Aims and outcomes

The aim of the programme is to analyse the most challenging and exciting literature written in English since 1900, asking and answering questions about how and why it took the forms it did.

Programme details

You will take the core course, the Research Methods course plus an option in each semester. The dissertation will be researched and written over the summer.

Teaching and assessment

A description of the Teaching on this programme.


Edinburgh is uniquely suited as a place in which to study the relation of literature to modernity.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees and funding opportunities for Literature and Modernity: 1900 to the present.

Contact details

If you have any queries regarding this programme please contact the Programme Director

Entry requirements and apply online

You can apply online for this MSc programme.

Entry requirements and apply online

Programme handbooks

View the current student handbook for this programme.

Programme Handbook 2016-17

Related Links

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures - Graduate School